Celiac Support Association


The Annual CSA Student Essay Contest

To Be Me. . . and Gluten-Free! 

Students in grades kindergarten through college are invited to share their unique personalities and experiences with celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle through a special essay contest. The contest is open to students diagnosed with celiac disease or students who are members of a family dealing with celiac disease.The essay should be either written in ink or typed and approximately 500 words or less. Pre-writers may dictate their thoughts to an adult scribe.

In the upper right hand corner include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Phone number
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • CSA local chapter name/number
  • School
  • Grade
  • Age (if under 21)
  • Entry date

The essay will be evaluated on the six traits of writing:  voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions.  It should include an introduction, topic development, support and structure.

Awards and prizes will be given in appropriate divisions including grades K-4/elementary, 5-8/middle school, 9-12/high school, and college.  With permission, winning essays will be printed in Lifeline and on the CSA website.

The essays will be judged by a panel from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Nebraska Affiliate-the Nebraska English Language Arts Council (NELAC) and CSA staff.  All essays will become the property of CSA; submission of an essay constitutes permission for use by CSA.

Entries must be post marked by December 1. Winners will be notified and announced in CSA publications and on the website.

Mail essays to:
CSA Student Essay Contest 
413 Ash Street
Seward, NE 68434 


Email essays to:
[email protected]

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